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rebecca

new york city, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 207 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Bergner
    • Narrated By Charles Pasternak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.

    Keith says: "Useful, but not for me!"
    "illuminating and satisfying"
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    a book every women should listen to not only for insight into the female libido, but also extremely satisfying for all of you out there who, like me, have spent their lives feeling as if the language that centers around female sexuality is so far off the mark as to be almost a fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of The Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Florida
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    The national best seller that defines a new economic class and shows how it is key to the future of our cities. The Rise of the Creative Class gives us a provocative new way to think about why we live as we do today - and where we might be headed. Weaving storytelling with masses of new and updated research, Richard Florida traces the fundamental theme that runs through a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing role of creativity in our economy.

    Roy says: "Thought Provoking"
    "this should be called "the rise of the tech class""
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    that said... i found it a stimulating and fascinating "read" (AKA listen).
    i believe creativity exists in all fields so no harm done. it is just that two thirds through the book you find out that richard's caliber for "creativity" is mostly a combo of bachelor degrees and patent requests... hmmm, not a lot of art, fashion, design. literature and craft caught in that pinspot.
    but hurrah the notice of gays as virtual pollen for the bees!

    oh, and speaking from the viewpoint of an artist — richard — you may want to look at the elephant in the room re pittsburgh struggling with keeping it's "creative" class: "pittsburgh" is quite simply NOT a sexy name, no matter how you slice it!
    i suggest you change the name to something like mercedes or terrence and you may find they want to linger...
    (and no... i am not gay, but i recognized their attracting power in the '70's and have since immersed myself in their fabulousness)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Your World

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adyashanti
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (43)

    Caution Spiritual Seekers: You Might Just Find What You're Looking For! Underneath the turmoil of thought, emotion, and personal will, there is a flow. If you're reading these words, you've probably felt it - the natural movement of life, the truth that beckons below the surface of things. What would happen if you were to stop avoiding this universal energy, and instead completely embrace it?

    Indigo says: "Experiences with altered spiritual awareness"
    "quietly blasting through the usual zen-fare"
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    For those of you who have labored through obtuse, circular language and the niggling sense that some one is simply reading from their own journal while you are trying to find some usable insight and answers between work and making dinner; this may finally be a book you can derive some actual information from!

    It is most likely a book for those who feel they have had at least a glimpse of another way of being, maybe not as good for those wholly new to the concept of enlightenment?

    There is very useful insight into the various facets of awakening and how to deal with this in the everyday. Practical yet highly enlightened ways to nourish and use those moments of unbounded clarity to find deeper insight and extended awakening WHILE you are living a life of work and family etc. That he is attempting this is so rare as to be nothing short of extraordinary in and of itself! But he is quick to explain how this is not a self-help book, retaining the true nature of zen artistry, in a way that is clear and understandable — at least to me!

    Adyashanti also exposes the various ways you can get caught in your attempts toward enlightenment. For me this was incredibly valuable information, I am already inclined to say even life transformational information! We shall see...

    Anyway, brava Adya! and thank you!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • City of Masks: A Cree Black Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Hecht
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (211)

    Daniel Hecht has created a plausible, heart-stopping ghost thriller. Relying on the science of parapsychology to spine-tingling effect, he brings to life a remarkably compelling character in Cree Black, as well as the ghosts she confronts.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Unusual thriller"
    "psychologically thorough"
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    What did you love best about City of Masks?

    i was so pleased to finally listen to a book that had some in depth and accurate emotional and psychological content


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    for the sake of tension and dynamic i understand why there were a few teenage style lover spats but was a bit disappointed


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extreme reactions, just an enjoyable listen


    Any additional comments?

    hecht did a great job of not getting too wild with the paranormal aspect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Dormouse: Felony & Mayhem Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Di Langford
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The policeman on Trudi Adamson's doorstep brought the worst news possible - her husband Trent has been burned to death in a freak car accident. Suddenly a widow after years of marriage, Trudi finds herself alone, unprovided for and increasingly aware of her ignorance of her late husband's world. Why had he resigned from his job without telling her? Where was all his money? And more terrifyingly still - is he really dead?

    rebecca says: "thoroughly enjoyable"
    "thoroughly enjoyable"
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    did not give it 5 stars only because i reserve the fifth for an outstanding book but death of a dormouse was very enjoyable, the narrator did a great job and had a very pleasing tone to her voice. the metaphor of the dormouse was nicely woven into the plot. if you like this series you will most like this departure with a female protagonist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (198)

    Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson - New York Times best-selling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers - have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face: the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny but that still direct our life.

    Roy says: "Personally Helpful"
    "pretty useless"
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    i was compelled to write my first review after attempting to listen to this book as i felt i should warn those who, like me, may be looking for a book that will help them to understand, accept and utilize their shadow side; this is probably not the book for you. deepak has quite a few enlightened concepts and gives a list at the end of his section that can actually be applied to ones life so this is where the one star comes in but i would give it a half if i could. however williamson seems to see all of us as having dirty little secrets and repeats this concept so many times over and over without ever giving any useful advise that i had to skip to the next writer. ford, how should i put this: very simplistic, childish, archaic, apocalyptic rhetoric about god and love with a speaking voice that is so painfully overwrought with anguish that i could barely get through the first chapter (i found i was actually embarrassed for her). i managed to get through a few more chapters wanting to see if she had something useful to share but found only the thoughts of some one who is clearly terribly frightened by the dark side of human nature and can think of no other way to deal with it than to admonish everyone for not trying hard enough to be loving. yikes!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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